Normani Kordei Shares Heartbreaking Story of Being Cyber-Bullied by Racists on ‘DWTS’
Normani Kordei brought the judges—and, according to Twitter, many viewers—of Dancing With the Stars to tears Monday night (May 8) when she opened up about being the target of racist cyberbullies before performing a powerful contemporary dance.
"[This] piece is so symbolic of times I felt helpless and desperate. I got bullied, terribly, on social media. I did an interview and it got taken out of context completely… people were calling me the N-word, it was really ugly," the Fifth Harmony singer shared in a pre-taped clip.
"Every time I went online it was, 'How much we hate you. How talentless you are!' They actually made images of me being whipped, beaten, hung… I shouldn't want to change the color of my skin or the texture of my hair or the fact that I'm a woman. I felt really alone and just like everybody hated me," Kordei continued
"We all want to be loved. We all want to be accepted. And when that doesn't happen, it just breaks you...At the end of the day I have to be me, and I want to be able to look in the mirror and say, 'I'm proud of that person and I love who you are,'" she concluded, before taking to the dance floor with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
Together, the pair performed a passionate, emotional, symbolic contemporary dance set to Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton's "Freedom," earning themselves a perfect 40 out of 40 score from the judges.
Watch Normani and Val's empowering dance, below:
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